Boston Skyline, SONY NEX-5 Panorama Mode

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    The Panoramic mode works so well that I may have to end up selling the Lomo Horizon Perfekt! Also, I can't wait to see the panoramic shots in 3D.

    I returned the Oly E-PL1 because I wanted a small camera that would do better at high ISOs. Granted, Nex5 with the kit zoom lens isn't that small but it feels so much better not to have to carry around a Canon 5D with 24-70/2.8L all day long.

    Despite having seen many negative reviews about this camera (especially the UI and the lackluster kit lens), I have to say, NEX5 has been one of the most enjoyable cameras I have used in a while.

    I prefer it over my EP-2, E-PL1, GF1, M8, and GRD3. I love the panoramic mode. It works so well, I may have no need for my Horizon camera.

    The more I play around with the settings, the more I get used to the UI. I am able to change my setting very quickly, now. I don't mind the UI--yes, I would have preferred the dials to be on the camera, but the way it's set up now works quite fine (for me).

    One complaint I have about this camera is overblown highlights. I have to compensate the exposure (which takes 2 presses).

    I don't like the "Image Data Converter" software that came with the camera. It's very simple to use, but it doesn't allow me to adjust blown out highlights (RECOVERY). I'm currently using CS4 and Adobe RAW converter does not suppor this camera as of now (July 5 2010).

    At low (100-800) ISOs, E-PL1 renders JPEGS better than NEX5; E-PL1's JPEGs are sharper. BUT, the E-PL1 really does quite poorly at high ISOs.

    I'm quite pleased with NEX5's performance at 1600ISO. The noise I get is no worse than from the Canon T2i.

    Basically, NEX5 is a camera good enough for any situation. It's not yet a replacement for APS-C size DSLRs simply becuase SONY has yet to introduce better lenses/optics than Canon or Nikon.

    Nex5's kit lens is ok. But, I'm looking forward to seeing more E-mount lenses, especially primes, from SONY.

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    1. Toni.Wang73 58 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your opinions, it sounds a good choice. Will you sell your M4/3 out and solely use NEX5?? I would like to have your opinion as well.

    2. soelin 58 months ago | reply

      Hi Toni. I've sold my 4/3 cameras. I'm planning to shoot mostly with the NEX5, probably until Canon comes out with a mirrorless, APS-C sensor digital camera. I also plan to purchase an adapter to use SONY's SAL lenses (but not invest too much money into these lenses since I have invested much in the Canon EOS line).

      One thing I forgot to mention is that NEX5 sucks the life out of the battery. I will have to buy a second battery if I plan to shoot with it all day long. For now, I'm being conservative--turning the camera off as much as possible. It takes about 2.5 seconds from the time you turn the camera ON to the time you can take a picture.

    3. Lainey1 57 months ago | reply

      This came out beautiful! I wouldn't five up the Lomo though. LOL! I would like to see what the Lomo produces. I never used a panoramic lomo camera before.

    4. soelin 57 months ago | reply

      Hi Lainey1. Thanks. Yeah, I'll keep the LOMO Horizon. I need to shoot with it more, though. I posted some samples here:

    5. 56 months ago | reply

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    6. pszilard 56 months ago | reply

      When I look at this in Original size, there is vertical banding. Is this a common thing?

    7. soelin 56 months ago | reply

      Hi .
      There is no visible banding on panoramic images straight out of camera JPEGs. However, once you start to make the "empty" areas (like the sky) darker and add a little more contrast, banding starts to show. The effect is similar to when adding/increasing post-processed vignette where circular bending becomes visible at a certain point. So, the vertical banding you see is a result of "not-so-carefully executed" post-processing and not necessarily something that's "common." Or, it could even be a defect on my camera.

      If you search for "nex5," "sweep," you will see that none of the images show vertical banding even large sizes.

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